S110. Exploring the Heart of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry

Room 402 AB, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Saturday, April 2, 2016
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Both editors and three contributors to The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry reflect on how contemporary Jewish American poems celebrate Jewish traditions, honor the human spirit, and make a distinct contribution to religious and nonreligious subjects. The anthology differs from previous collections of Jewish literature by focusing on the poetry of writers born after 1945. The panelists discuss differences from that of past generations and read from the anthology.



M.E. Silverman founded Blue Lyra Review. He is review editor of Museum of Americana and is a reader for Spark Wheel Press. His chapbook, The Breath before Birds Fly is available. He edited Bloomsbury’s Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry with Deborah Ager.

Jacqueline Osherow is author of six books of poetry, most recently Whitethorn. Her seventh, White on White, is forthcoming. She’s received the Witter Bynner Prize and grants from the NEA, Guggenheim, and Ingram Merrill Foundations. She directs the creative writing program at the University of Utah.

Jennifer Michael Hecht is a poet, intellectual historian, and commentator. Her PhD is in history of science from Columbia University. She has three books of poetry, among them, Who Said, and four books of history. She lectures widely and has taught in NYCs MFA writing programs.

Lori Desrosiers's poetry books include, The Philosopher’s Daughter, Inner Sky, and Sometimes I Hear the Clock Speak. She teaches at Westfield State University, Holyoke Community College, and Lesley MFA program. She is the editor of Naugatuck River Review.

Susan Rich


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